[SydPhil] Notification: Jose Zalabardo, "The Meaning of Meaning Ascription" @ Wed 25 May 2022 15:30 - 17:00 (AEST) (Seminars)
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Title: Jose Zalabardo, "The Meaning of Meaning Ascription"
The Meaning of Meaning Ascriptions: Assertibility Conditions and Meaning
FactsDescription:Presented on campus in the seminar room; simulcast via
Zoom: https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/88445107980Kripke finds in Wittgenstein
an argument for the conclusion that there are no meaning facts, and
considers the consequences of this outcome for the meaning of
meaning-ascribing sentences, such as “Jones means addition by ‘plus’”. One
immediate consequence is that their meaning cannot be given by their truth
conditions—the states of affairs on whose obtaining their truth value
depends. Kripke proposes instead that meaning ascriptions obtain their
meaning from (a) their assertibility conditions and (b) the
non-representational function that the practice of asserting these
sentences in these conditions plays in our lives, accepting that these
sentences can’t play the role of representing the world. I present a
strategy for avoiding this outcome. Meaning ascriptions obtain their
meanings from their assertibility conditions, but they successfully perform
the function of representing the world. No other, non-representational
function is part of their meaning. The states of affairs they represent can
be singled out with definitions by abstraction, using the synonymy
conditions generated by their assertibility conditions. When meaning facts
are construed in this way, the argument that Kripke finds in Wittgenstein
does not establish that they don’t exist.
When: Wed 25 May 2022 15:30 – 17:00 Eastern Australia Time - Sydney
Where: Philosophy Seminar Room
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